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In May 2022, the early estimate of traffic fatalities from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that 42,915 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, representing a 10.5 percent increase from 2020 and the highest number of fatalities in 16 years. NHTSA statistics also found that under the Revised Trauma Score (RTS), patients with a probability of survival of 36.1 percent or less were considered to be severely injured and frequently needed to be transported to Level 1 or Level 2 trauma centers to receive higher levels of critical care, and the numbers strongly suggested an increase in the severity of crashes over the past two years.

No two car crashes are ever the same. People can be involved in a wide variety of accidents stemming from many different causes. Some of the more common causes of motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Speeding
  • Reckless or aggressive driving
  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol
  • Driver fatigue or drowsy driving
  • Improper lane changes or turns
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Running stop signs or stoplights
  • Inclement weather conditions
  • Tailgating
  • Wrong-way driving
  • Road rage
  • Tire blowouts
  • Potholes or other dangerous road conditions
Not all car accidents necessarily result in severe injuries, but the ones that do can leave victims facing numerous challenges in their personal lives. Many people will be unable to return to work for extended periods of time and will have to seek several rounds of additional medical care, which can lead to significant bills.
Most people will assume that their insurance companies will help them negotiate with the insurer for another negligent driver to obtain all of the financial compensation necessary to cover the costs associated with a car accident. The truth remains that all insurance companies have the goal of paying as little as possible to resolve these claims, so people can face immense challenges in trying to recover the damages to which they should be entitled.
You do not want to be dealing with an insurance company on your own because insurers aim to use victim statements against them and work to reduce possible payouts or deny claims entirely. You will want to have a top-rated California car wreck lawyer on your side to protect your interests and be capable of negotiating a fair and full settlement to your case that will actually cover every single bill you are now facing because of your crash.
Car Accident
Our client was driving with his wife and son on a two-lane highway when a drunk driver crossed the double yellow lines, causing a head-on collision that claimed the life of a loving wife and mother.
–  Arash Khorsandi

Possible Damages in a Motor Vehicle Wreck Lawsuit

California Civil Code § 3281 establishes that any person who suffers harm from the unlawful act or omission of another party can recover compensation from the person at fault, which is called damages. Compensatory damages is the phrase that relates to compensation that intends to “make a person whole again.”

Compensatory damages usually involve both economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are awards relating to a person’s actual, tangible losses, and non-economic damages are awards for far more subjective nonpecuniary losses.
A very common kind of economic damages in car accident cases will be lost wages because people either miss work entirely or must accept lower-paying jobs in which they are not earning as much as they once did. You will want the help of a car wreck attorney in California to determine exactly how much you are entitled to for lost wages.
Other common kinds of economic damages include:
  • Medical bills
  • Property damage
  • Costs of long-term care
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Rehabilitation expenses
As for non-economic damages, pain and suffering is undoubtedly one of the most common awards because it is something affecting almost every accident victim. Like all non-economic damages, there is no way to calculate this figure, so it is usually left to a jury to interpret an appropriate award.
Other non-economic damages can also include:
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disfigurement
  • Physical limitations
Exemplary damages, more commonly known as punitive damages, are also possible in a select few car accident cases. California Civil Code § 3294 establishes that these damages are only possible when it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that another party was guilty of oppression, fraud, or malice.
Punitive damages are not so much about compensating a victim as they are punishing a negligent party. Drunk driving or hit-and-run accidents are two of the more common situations in which punitive damages may be awarded, but these awards are generally rare.
Possible Damages in a Motor Vehicle Wreck Lawsuit

Should I Hire a California Car Wreck Lawyer after a Car Accident?

Many people who are involved in car accidents in which the negligence of another party is clear believe they can spare themselves attorney fees by negotiating their own settlements. Keep in mind that an Insurance Research Council (IRC) study entitled “Paying for Auto Injuries: A Consumer Panel Survey of Auto Accident Victims” showed that victims who hired attorneys received 40 percent more in settlements with insurance companies than those who represented themselves.

You will be taking an extraordinary risk by attempting to negotiate a settlement on your own because not only is the insurer much more likely to offer you a lower settlement offer than you will get by having legal representation, but the insurance company can also try to engage in various tricks designed to get you to make damaging statements that lessen your ultimate payout. You should never agree to provide a recorded statement or sign any paperwork that you do not fully understand.
The truth is that you should not think that even your own insurance company will treat you fairly in providing compensation. Many people who accept the first settlement offer they receive later learn that the amount will not be enough to cover all of their future bills, and they are then powerless to obtain any more compensation because their cases are now closed.
Insurance companies are always looking for reasons to deny your claim completely so they can avoid paying you anything at all. When liability seems unavoidable, they will be quick to try and get you on the phone to speak with you about your crash before you have even had the chance to call a lawyer because they want to try to get you to unknowingly say things that will harm your case.
You will want to have a car wreck attorney in California handling all phone calls from insurance companies because they will know how to speak to these parties professionally and in a way that limits your own liability, and you can rest easier knowing that your legal counsel will deal with insurers for you, so you do not have to do anything. Many insurance companies will try to contact you immediately and act sympathetic while expressing a seeming desire to make sure you are taken care of but do not be fooled.
All insurance companies maintain obligations to their bottom lines first and foremost, which means that taking care of victims is simply not as important. You are not as likely as an attorney to fully understand what kinds of future costs you are going to incur because of your crash, so you will want to have a lawyer who really understands the extent of your injuries.
Car Accident
Our client was stopped at a two-way stop sign before proceeding into an intersection where he was struck by a police cruiser traveling 70 mph, resulting in serious injuries.

Information You Should Have Available for Your Consultation with a California Car Wreck Lawyer

When you are preparing to meet with an attorney to discuss your car accident case, you can help them better understand what you are dealing with by having certain kinds of information available that will make it easier for them to understand your case better. Some of the information you should have includes:
  • The date of your car wreck
  • The location of your crash
  • A case number from police officers investigating your collision
  • Any information about the identity of the negligent driver
  • Any photographs you have of your vehicle or other vehicles involved in the wreck
  • A summary of your injuries in the car accident
  • A record of your medical treatment for your injuries
  • Information relating to your automobile insurance policy
  • Any discussions you have had with an insurance adjuster

As the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) notes, state law requires people to report traffic accidents on California streets, highways, or private property to be reported to the DMV within 10 days in cases of injury, death, or property damage exceeding $1,000. A driver must file an SR-1 form regardless of fault.

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How Much Car Accident Claims Can Be Worth

How Much Car Accident Claims Can Be Worth

A personal injury lawyer cannot guarantee any specific amount that you will recover for your car accident because there are several factors that can adversely impact settlement negotiations. You should know that various aspects of your own case, however, can impact the amount of compensation you can recover.

  • The costs of all of your medical bills
  • Costs relating to your future medical treatment
  • The amount of income you have lost or will lose because of your injuries
  • How your injuries affect your future earning capacity
  • Whether you will need any home modifications to accommodate your injury
  • The cost of repairs to your motor vehicle
  • Whether your injury has caused a permanent disability, disfigurement, or the loss of a bodily function

Understanding the Role of a Car Wreck Lawyer in Handling a California Car Crash Case

The most important thing that an attorney is going to do for you in handling your car accident case is to commence immediately an independent investigation into the crash. This step will be critical because the lawyer is going to recover all available evidence and begin determining the best ways to prove another driver was at fault.
An attorney is also going to be better situated than yourself to negotiate a possible settlement to your case. Most insurance companies want to agree to settlements because it can be very costly for an insurer to engage in a trial.
When an appropriate settlement is not possible, a lawyer will also know how to file a lawsuit and move the case toward a trial. You will want to have an attorney representing you in court if your case has to proceed toward a trial.

The insurance company handling your case may be quick to tell you that you will not need a lawyer and that they will make sure you are taken care of, but this is always an empty promise. You will always give yourself the best chance of recovering as much as possible by having legal representation.

How You Should Choose a Car Wreck Lawyer in California

As you are considering possible attorneys to handle your car accident case, there are several important considerations you will want to keep in mind. Not all lawyers are necessarily the same, so you want to find the right one for your case.
Some of the factors you will want to keep in mind are:
  • The types of cases the attorney handles
  • The attorney’s fees and billing policy
  • What their percentage of success is in car accident cases
  • The lawyer’s education and previous experience
  • Whether an attorney has experience working for insurance companies
  • The lawyer’s reputation among their previous clients
  • The attorney’s reputation among lawyers and judges
  • Any possible disciplinary history (view a discipline history at the State Bar of California website)
In the end, your communication with a lawyer should be one of the most driving factors in your decision to hire them because a good attorney should clearly articulate to you what your options will be and how they can achieve the most favorable outcome for your case. You will want to have a lawyer you can trust to properly negotiate the best possible settlement to your case but also the willingness to take the case to trial when an insurance company is unwilling to provide a just settlement.
Gabriel M.
Car Accident Settlement
This was a sad and tragic case in which our client was paralyzed after being struck by a distracted driver. The maximum policy settlement was 5.25 million and we were able to settle for the full amount. In addition, we were able to add additional workers' compensation benefits from our client's employer, as he was working at the time of the incident. The parties agreed to settle our client's workers' compensation claim for $2.5 million.
Car Accident Settlement
This was a sad and tragic case in which our client was paralyzed after being struck by a distracted driver. The maximum policy settlement was 5.25 million and we were able to settle for the full amount. In addition, we were able to add additional workers' compensation benefits from our client's employer, as he was working at the time of the incident. The parties agreed to settle our client's workers' compensation claim for $2.5 million.

Call Us Today to Speak with a California Car Wreck Attorney

If you suffer injuries or your loved one dies in a car accident in California, do not try to handle your personal injury case on your own. Make sure that you get the legal team of Arash Law, run by the talented team of Arash Khorsandi, Esq., on your side as soon as possible.

Our firm has recovered over $500 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Call (888) 488-1391 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our California dangerous road conditions attorney.

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